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  •  Paradoxically, HF is most dangerous when dilute (3+ / 0-)
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    Desert Scientist, Kevskos, Ender

    because a 1%-3% solution of the stuff causes no pain when you get it on your skin. It just silently kills off your nerve cells as it eats its way through your flesh, and before you know it, you've lost a limb or suffered a heart attack because the stuff got in your blood stream.

    Truly one on the nastiest things you're likely to find in a lab.

    "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

    by Drobin on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 03:26:24 AM PDT

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    •  This was not dilute but ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Kevskos

      just a tiny amount.

      What can I say - we were teenagers!  Not necessarily the brightest age. However we only did this once and none of our connections broke.  We were lucky.

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